Central to your child's school experience is the underlying curriculum taught in the classroom. "Curriculum" refers to both what is taught and how it's taught. When considering the different curricula outlined in the next few pages, keep in mind that few schools fall neatly into one category or another. Most schools' curricula comprise a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. Having said that, most schools do have a general overall curriculum type. These are identified for each school on OurKids.net.
Such an approach to curriculum shares with traditional programs their emphasis on core knowledge-acquisition, but tends to borrow more best practices from the progressive approach. The goal isn't to prepare students for vocational life, but rather to encourage an appreciation of the benefits of education itself, including academic and personal development. There is an emphasis on knowledge acquisition as well as theoretical and academic learning, but the real focus is on cultivating the intellect.
What PBA says: The National Curriculum (NC) is a range of knowledge and skill set taught in British public schools, which should be acquired by a student at a given educational stage. According to the British government, the new curriculum does not teach teachers how to “teach”, but focuses on key messages and skills, thus giving teachers the freedom to shape curriculum according to individual needs.
Non-public schools are not obliged to fully implement the British program. The PBA benefits from the British program, choosing from it what is most valuable and corresponding to the philosophy and vision of our school.
Prior to commencing the school education, students go through the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), called the Reception Class, which is an equivalent of the Polish “zerówka”.